Johnny Briscoe was convicted of a horrid rape and robbery during Ronald Reagan’s first term in office. Since the advent of DNA evidence the crime lab in the case claimed teh evience had been routinely destroyed.
For 23 years, Briscoe sat in prison knowing he shouldn’t be there. But during the news conference, he was able to prove to everyone that he was right and justice did him wrong.
He spent more than two decades in prison for a rape and burglary that he didn’t commit. It took a man from New Jersey to help get him out.
“I visited Johnny in prison and had a three-hour interview and walking away, I was convinced he was innocent,” said Jim McCloskey of Centurion Ministries.
But it took four searches by prosecutors before they found the evidence that could set him free. That evidence was DNA on a cigarette butt found the night of the crime.
“It’s been like a war. (It) feels like I’ve been over in Iraq fighting a war, but I’ve been here on my own home front fighting the . justice system,” said Briscoe.
Briscoe said he always knew he’d get out, but there were times he nearly lost his hope.
“I did what I had to do. It’s been a long struggle, a hard struggle, but I held strong,” said Briscoe.